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Cesc Fàbregas: "It’s the toughest challenge of my life"

The new Barça number 4 said in his presentation that the club "has made my dream possible" and stressed that he’s fully prepared to "take on whatever role I’m given”.


15 August 2011 09:13 PM


David R. Jover

Barcelona (FCB).- There was maximum excitement in FC Barcelona\u2019s Sala Paris. The return of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona is not just any homecoming. Eight years after leaving for London, Cesc has come home to fulfill a dream. Before starting to talk and answer the relevant questions, Cesc stared open-mouthed at the images being projected. A video showing images of Fàbregas in the youth teams. "Watching these images it\u2018s like I\u2019d never left," he said.

Thanks to the Club

The effort made by Barça to sign him hasn\u2019t gone unnoticed by Fàbregas, who wanted to give his thanks to everybody concerned. "I want to thank all the people involved, from President Sandro Rosell, to Josep Guardiola, who has been very important to me" Cesc recognised. He also wanted to thank Thiago Alcantara who has given up the number 4 shirt, in a gesture which, according to Cesc, "honours him".

He also stressed that "it\u2019s not easy to have confidence again in someone who left the club at youth level", referring to him going to England when he was 16.

The biggest challenge

"I'm ready to take on whatever role I\u2019m given. I\u2019ve chosen the harder path, but the most rewarding for me" said a Cesc Fàbregas with very clear ideas. He also explained that coming to Barça, and weighing up the other options, "is the toughest challenge of my life". His initial goal, however, is "to improve a little what is already the best team in the world".

The new Barça number 4 made it very clear that he\u2019ll give "up to my last drop of sweat for Barça" and that never, even being far away, "have I stopped loving Barça".

A summer dream

"Barça have made my dream come true and I just hope that no one ever regrets it" said Fàbregas adding that, today, "a great weight off my mind" has been lifted, signing for Barca. He also added: "You can tell by my face how happy I am\u201D, even though he\u2019s aware that some people will \u201Cdemand twice as much from me".

Arsene Wegner, like a father

"Wegner has a negative image here, but it\u2019s not true, I can assure you," said Cesc. For Fàbregas the French manager "is really special and a second father to me, because he\u2019s given me everything in the world of football".

He also said that if today he\u2019s a Barça first team player "it\u2019s also thanks to Wenger".


  • Cesc will be wearing Barça's number 4 (by FC Barcelona)

  • Cesc signs for FC Barcelona (by FC Barcelona)

  • Cesc will be wearing Barça's number 4 (by FC Barcelona)
  • Cesc signs for FC Barcelona (by FC Barcelona)